Are antioxidant foods really helpful? You bet they are!

Powerful, super enzymes which prevent diseases and create healthy, glowing skin, plus increase your longevity are famously known as antioxidants. They protect your body against oxidative damage, such as you would see when an apple which has been cut turns brown, or when rust forms on metal which has been out in the rain and elements. This process is quite literally the aging and damaging of cells. When cells use oxygen, they make free radicals which are harmful byproducts. These free radicals are what is responsible for the oxidative damage that make all kinds of health problems:

  • Heart disease
  • Cancer
  • Blood clots
  • Bad skin
  • Inflammation
  • Premature aging
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Macular degeneration

Antioxidants are what neutralize free radicals and protect the body against all of these things.

Free Radicals and Antioxidants Explained

To fully understand free radicals and antioxidants, you must understand the chemistry behind it. Atoms contain eight electrons within an outer shell, and when this shell contains all of these electrons it is considered to be stable. When there are seven or less, however, it is unstable. The goal of an atom’s life is to reach that stable point. Atoms will bond with others that are unstable by taking, giving or sharing an electron.

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Unstable oxygen atoms are free radicals, and no matter who you are, you have some of these floating around in your bloodstream. The more dangerous levels of these free radicals result from tobacco, pollution, UV light, artificial sweeteners, sugary or fatty diets, and even exercise. This is where it gets interesting – even exercise can make these harmful byproducts.

Because of this, just about anyone can benefit from antioxidants. Like any other atom, the goal of free radicals is to find an electron so it can be stable. They search your body for a healthy cell they can steal this electron from, and when it finds a target cell and takes the electron, the target molecule becomes a new free radical, and the process starts all over again. This cycle begins a chain reaction that causes disease, oxidation, cellular damage and aging prematurely.

Different types of Antioxidants and Where They Come From

Even though our bodies make some of their own antioxidants, there isn’t enough at all to naturally protect against these free radicals. Since there are always free radicals entering our bodies, it is critical that we supply our bodies with a steady stream of these antioxidants from drinks, supplements and foods. You will stay stronger, healthier, younger and more resistant to disease. Below is a list of the best sources of antioxidants you can get through supplementation and diet.

Vitamins Containing Antioxidants

Vitamin C – found in green peppers, citrus fruits, leafy green vegetables, emergen-c, tomatoes, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli and cantaloupe

Vitamin E – seeds and nuts, wheat germ, safflower/olive/sunflower oils, leafy green vegetables and liver

Vitamin A, carotenoids and Beta-Carotene – green/yellow/orange vegetables like carrots, squash, cantaloupe, papaya, mango, sweet potatoes, green leafy vegetables, pumpkin and squash.

Selenium – red meat, seafood, chicken, eggs, wheat bread, garlic and chicken

Additional Antioxidants and Phytochemicals

Lignan – oatmeal, flax seed and other seeds
Lutein – dark green leafy vegetables
Phytic Acid – beans, whole grains
Lycopene – pink grapefruit, tomatoes and tomato products, watermelon
Flavonoids/polyphenols – blueberries, pomegranate, tea, cranberries, red wine, purple grapes
Coenzyme Q10 – supplemental/pill form

The Best Sources of Antioxidants

Foods containing huge amounts of antioxidants include red wine, cranberries, blueberries, dark chocolate, acai and green tea, but in reality at the top of the charts are foods like potatoes, beans, pecans, artichokes and more. Natural veggies, fruits and grains are usually rich with antioxidants, and overall the best sources of them include:

  • Tomatoes
  • Red grapes and red wine
  • Green tea and other teas
  • Different types of berries
  • Coffee
  • Dark chocolate and cocoa
  • Acai
  • Emergen-c
  • Potatoes
  • Brussels Sprouts, kale and spinach
  • Nuts
  • Garlic
  • Whole grains
  • Flax seeds and other seeds
  • A variety of spices such as cloves, cinnamon, turmeric and oregano

As you can see, there are plenty of foods that are rich with antioxidants. When you maximize your diet with spices, veggies, green tea, fruits, beans, grains and even the occasional glass of red wine, you will be getting antioxidants from natural sources and have no need to buy expensive supplements. When you follow a natural diet that is slightly tweaked to increase the content of antioxidants, your body will be better prepared to fight all of the free radicals it will encounter. There are so many different ways that you can incorporate antioxidant rich foods into your diet, the possibilities are endless.

As the owner of this site, I’d like to share my personal diet I have adopted.

1. Eat less food (calories) - it’s really that simple folks. It’s not sexy or doesn’t sell books, but’s it’s a fact!

2. Eat better foods making those fewer calories really count.

2.1 Work out, weights and cardio 5 days a week for one hour. (optional but recommended)

I eat a brend of black, wild and brown rice and camote (sweet potatoes) every day with almost every meal. I add chopped tomatoes and onions with garlic (bruschetta) to the black rice to make it go down easier. I pre cook a large batch of rice, sweet potatoes and bruschetta so I always have some on hand. I also make a batch of mashed avocado mixed with a little brown sugar, that I have on the side . A banana with 2 meals a day, placed on my plate next to the rice like clock work.

I rotate a can of spicy low sodium tuna in oil (I rinse the tuna but still prefer tuna in oil over water) and a jar of spicy sardines in olive oil every day with my black rice. I add a little cheese to my spicy tuna as well.

I also eat chicken and beef for dinners but the tuna/sardines is the bulk of my protein. And I must say I love the taste. Yes even the sardines. I only use the expensive sardines soaked in spicy olive oil.

I also eat a lot of fruit, not the really sweet stuff though. Papaya and bananas are my main fruits although I do eat a little purple mangosteen, very healthy but very sweet. I also eat a ton of tomatoes (on my rice). As for greens, I stick with long green beans and camote tops (sweet potato leaves).

For drinks, I use half a pack of green tea mix with a 2 liter bottle (watered down iced tea). I don’t like sweet drinks so this is perfect for my water intake with the benefits of green tea with little sugar. And of course a  coffee every morning along with some dark chocolate I make myself from tablea.

I eat other foods as well, but this truly represents about 70% of my diet. Tuna, sardines, black rice, sweet potato, tomatoes and fruit. (I mix most my fruit with plain yogurt)

And finally, my bedtime meal is always heavy on protein. So no fruit or rice before bed. I just recently found that 4 large eggs (discarding 3 yokes) with a little cheese made into an omelette does the trick. I used to eat a lot of cottage cheese at bed time as well but can’t get it here in the Philippines.

That’s it folks. I am transforming my body to the point I almost have abs after 50 years. I know the cardio is a major factor but I also know my body loves this food. I feel so much better.

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Free SMS – Free Text Messaging World Wide

For those of you that need to text friends overseas or across the country, there are two websites that offer free texting. The first is called Chikka located at www.chikkita.com.

I don’t always have a  credit load on my mobile phone all the time so I use Chikkita. Chikkita works via the internet like Skype but only for texting. You can use their web based platform to text or load their Text messenger software program. What’s great about this program isn’t just that it’s free to text world wide but also how cheap it is for the person receiving the text to return a text. Each country has various rates but it’s only a few cents per text.

The Chikka Text messenger is a small program that once you have installed it in your computer and sign up for a free account, you can easily send messages from your computer to anyone’s cell phone for free. And it’s also not just limited to the Philippines were the company is located. You can send messages to other countries like China, United Kingdom, United States, Brasil, etc. It’s a very small program and runs smoothly when installed. Millions of people here in the Philippines use it everyday to text their family members working abroad.

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The second free text messenger website is called A Free SMS lacated at www.afreesms.com.

This is only a webpage based program or app. But I find myself using this site more that Chikka as it’s so simple and fast. I have it bookmarks so you just open the page and make your text. Free world wide. The only down side is people can’t text you back so I only use it when I have no load on my cell and I need to reply to a person to let them know I’m out off a load so text me later or message me on facebook.

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Peer to Peer Lending P2P Crowdfunding Review

P2P lending is a new way of getting loans and lending money. You can get a P2P loan at a much lower interest rate than banks are offering. You still must qualify but there is a lot less paper work. If you are an investor P2P is for you. If you prefer a very safe investment with a grade A borrower you can get an interest rate of 6 to 9%. Compare that to the current 1% you get with a savings account at your local bank. Maybe 2% with a one year GIC. You also can lend to some riskier borrowers at rates up to 25% return. The default rate is better than banks default rate. Vacation loans are your best bet. They actually get paid back while student loans are you’re riskier loans with higher default rates. Who would have thought giving out vacation loans would be so lucrative? Credit card consolidation is also a popular P2P loan. Google just invested in Prosper so you know this is going to get big.

Ron Suber, the new boss at Prosper, first job was to bring in institutional lenders to the platform. The new investors are mostly insurance and business development companies. Larger investors will help give Prosper and P2P lending in general the much needed main stream trust on par with traditional banks.

 

Prosper currently offers three types of loans.

Loans to individuals.  Consolidation / credit card debt.
Loans to individuals for large purchases. Home improvements, autos, down payment etc.
Loans to individuals to financing a small business.

 

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Ron says that there are currently four times the  investors to borrowers. Prosper is cashing in on people that have been turned down from the banks due to their strict qualifying standards. Of course Prosper has it’s own Pricing Credit and Risk Model to weed out the good and bad borrowers. 

Much of the P2P demand is due to the current interest rate environment, which is starting to change as we write this. Ron, is not alarmed by this, and says he has planned for this. They understand that changes in interest rates and economic health is going to happen, and is ready for all scenarios.

Personal-Loan-Market

All in all, the world market is looking healthy and we should see personal and small business loans continue to expand. Prosper is well poised to grab a large share of this lucrative P2P lending market.

Living in the Philippines – Expat Review

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As an expat myself and also living in the Philippines I thought I would do a simple review of how live is living here. I first vacationed in Manila in 2009 for an extended 6 months. After a short few months back home in Canada I moved back full time and basically retired here. Life here is great! The weather is nice, the cost of living is low and the people are generally nice and friendly. Not to mention the Philippines is the only country is Asia that speaks english.

I first lived in Manila for six months but didn’t like the traffic and crime all around. I thought I’d try Cebu but only lasted six months there  as well. Much nicer than Manila but still too big and fast for me. I then ended up spending four years in Cagayan de Oro. Life there was just right for me. Lot’s of great malls and just about anything you would ever need. Just a few minutes away in Opol is a nice beach I used to visit on weekends. At night we would drink and sign videoke. Then after four years I moved again to Davao where I currently live.

So why the Philippines you ask? It’s the woman! Yep, probably 98% of the expats are here for that simple reason. Many won’t tell you that but it’s the truth. It’s so obvious as most expats here are over 50 with girl friends averaging 21 years of age. A 60 or 70 year is ready for the old age home back home but not here. Even old Filipino men have young girl friends here. I suppose the driving factor is security and financial freedom as most of the countries 90 million people are very poor.

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The second biggest reason expats live here is the cost of living. Many old timers can live on their pension here with room to spare.

And finally the third reason would be that 90% of the population can speak english, at least a little to get you by.

So my honest suggestion for any guy over 50 that is feeling like life is just about over is to book a vacation here and see what you’ve been missing. I would bet you love it here and will plan on moving here.

Here I am with my Filipino sweetheart:dan-sweety

Here is a snippet about Patrick Thompson’s ebook on living in the Philippines. Well worth the small 6.00 fee.

“• Extensive Details of Each Region

The entire country is divided into 17 regions based on the geographical, cultural and ethnological characteristics of the areas within each region. You don’t have to do any research as we’ve done the dirty job already. We sum up all the features of each region of the country and objectively present what the region offers to tourists.

• Manila, Cebu, Davao
The three main cities of the Philippines – we provide up-to-date and complete details related to each city, the top tourist spots and sightseeing locations are described in detail.

• Philippine Regions and Provinces
Each Philippine region is described with substantial specifications on every tourist attraction to see and exactly where it is and how to get there.

2. Philippine Visa
• Philippine Visa Procedures, Strategies and Tips for Every Situation
Tourist Visa – Visa on Arrival – Visa Extension

• Balikbayan Privilege
What is it? Special strategies on how to get it, whether you are married or not

• Permanent Resident Visa (13A) – Non-Quota Immigrant Visa by Marriage
Detailed information about applying for and receiving a permanent Resident Visa (13A)

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• 13G Non-quota Immigrant Visa
Information for (a) former Filipino citizens, (b) spouses and, (c) their unmarried minor children who are returning to permanently reside in the Philippines.

• Special Investor Resident Visa (SIRV)
Allows you to reside in the Philippines for an indefinite period as long as the required qualifications and investments are maintained.

• Special Resident Retirement Visa (SRRV)
Specific strategies for a Retirement Visa in the new favored retirement destination in Asia.

• Special Visa for Employment Generation (SVEG)
Investor visa allows multiple entry privileges and extended stay for a foreigner who employs 10 Filipinos

• Strategies for English Teachers
Work legally, even though the Philippine government will not issue working visas to English teachers.

3. Philippine Culture
• Early Influences – Colonization – Religion
Background information about the culture of the Philippines. I help you understand how and why Filipinos do what they do.

• Art & Literature
Epic poems, proverbs, songs, and riddles were passed from generation to generation through recitals and spells in various dialects of the islands

• Philippine Myths and Philippine Mythology
Philippine myths and superstitions are very diverse. Philippine culture today still retains the prevalence of mythology

• National Symbols of the Philippines
The national symbols of the Philippines and how they embody Philippine culture, traditions, customs, and ideals

• What is a Filipino? – Filipino Traits and Filipino Nationalism
Every country has its own identity that is radically distinctive and known throughout the world.

• Pilipino: The Filipino People and the Philippine Language
The term Filipino refers to the word Pilipino – the language and the people

• Pinoy : How and Why?
Why are they called Pinoy, and what does it mean?

• Philippine Food and Cuisine
On a Malayan base, Chinese, Hindu, Spanish and American ingredients have been added through centuries of foreign influence and surprisingly, a blend with an identity of its own has emerged.

4. Safety in the Philippines
• Traveling to areas of Mindanao or the Sulu Archipelago
I have traveled extensively throughout the country during the last 15 years, including to “high risk” areas. I give clear details on exact security precautions to take, and techniques to use while in the country

• Crime
Just as in many of the major cities throughout the world, crime is a problem in the Philippines. Learn exactly how to protect yourself against specific threats

• Banking/ ATMs
How to protect and secure your financial transactions while in the Philippines

• Tips for Protecting Yourself if you are Arrested
Laws are not enforced evenly in the country, you may find yourself in custody even if you did nothing wrong

• Special Strategies for Missionaries
Missionaries in the Philippines have special circumstances that require specific techniques

5. Philippines Dating & Marriage
• Pinay, Filipina, Philippine Women
Pinay is the common term for Philippine women, they are famous for their characteristics especially when it comes to family

• Risks of online dating
What to do and what not to do in an online relationship

• Tips for Dating & Relationships with Filipinas
Filipinas are not Western women, you need to deal with them in a specific way

• The Secret to Finding the Perfect Philippine Bride
Certain characteristics that you must look for in your potential bride

• Top Tactics to Properly Protect your Assets BEFORE Entering into Marriage
The Philippines is a community property country. Discover the ‘hidden strategy’ to protect your assets, straight from a SENIOR COURT JUDGE in the Philippines

• Marrying in the Philippines
Step-by-step detailed account of traveling to the Philippines, marrying your sweetheart, the costs involved, and strategies for your success”

Order Patrick’s ebook here!

 

Paleo Recipe Book – Eating Raw Foods

The Paleo diet is starting to take root in north america these last few years. Eating raw food has always been around but it new really caught on. Well times have changed and the Paleo diet has become mainstream. As humans we have been eating raw foods for millions of years. It’s only been a few thousand years since we developed agriculture and started eating grains and rice. And even then we eat them in their raw state, not cooked. So the theory is why change what we have been eating as our bodies have adapted to this diet and is already fine tuned for it. Here is a small snippet from Wikipedia.org

The Paleolithic diet is a diet based on the premise that if our Paleolithic ancestors didn’t eat it, we shouldn’t eat it.[1] It is based upon everyday, modern foods that mimic the food groups of our ancestors. Also known as the caveman diet, the Stone Age diet, and the hunter-gatherer diet, it became popular in the late 2000s, and was Google’s most searched-for weight loss method in 2013.[2]

The diet is based on several premises, one of which is that our ancestors evolved for thousands of years and became well-adapted to foods of the Paleolithic era. Advocates argue that things took a turn for the worse about 10,000 years ago, with the advent of agriculture and domestication of animals and that our species hasn’t evolved to properly digest new foods such as grain, legumes, and dairy, much less the highly-processed and high-calorie processed foods that are so readily available and cheap, and this has led to modern-day problems such as obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Advocates claim that followers of the diet may enjoy a longer, healthier, more active life, unlike our ancestors.

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Try the Paleo diet for a month. What have you to lose? 

 

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Don’t worry, you can still eat carbs and fat on the Paleo diet. You won’t be eating simple carbs like bread and rice but eating healthier carbs like vegetables, sweet potatoes and fruit.

As for fat, raw fat from animals is allowed and also healthy oils like olive oil. Cheese and milk products however are not allowed. Many of us can’t properly digest milk products.

Just give it a try for a few weeks and judge for yourself. See if your energy levels have improved and your waist line has gotten slimmer.

Visit the Paleo Diet website here for more information.

 

 

The Tao System of Badass Review

The Tao System of Badass is a system to meet woman by Joshua Pellicer. I have the full system and have gone through all his teachings and have to say I was very impressed. Now I have never needed any help meeting woman but I have struggled with the opening stages of talking to woman. Most guys have the same problem to some degree. This system goes into detail on all the problems guys face when we first see a girl across the room and want to approach her. The program is quite extensive and can take weeks to fully digest. There are many videos to study as well as full audio if you want to just listen to the lessons. The program has become an internet success story as it sells millions of copies world wide. Watch the video for yourself. I’m most certain you will be very impressed.

 

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The Venus Factor program by John Barban

The Venus Factor program by John Barban, an acclaimed fat loss and fitness expert, is making some big news recently.

The Venus Factor program is a twelve week fitness and nutrition program, designed exclusively for woman. John Barban’s Venus Factor program isn’t a bodybuilding program, instead it’s goal is to promote a lean and fit body rather than large bulky body as those of body builders. If you are currently working out in the traditional way, the Venus Factor program could help you drop some fat, build your flexibility and just provide a new and fresh approach to losing weight.

The Venus Factor believes that eating certain foods can help a woman’s body produce more Leptin thus causing the body to burn more fat. Here is a snippet from the website WebMD.com on Lepin.

” Q. What is leptin?

“Leptin is not our obesity hormone. Leptin is our starvation hormone,” says Robert H. Lustig, MD, professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco and a member of the Endocrine Society’s Obesity Task Force.

Leptin is a protein that’s made in the fat cells, circulates in the bloodstream, and goes to the brain. “Leptin is the way your fat cells tell your brain that your energy thermostat is set right,” Lustig says.

“Leptin tells your brain that you have enough energy stored in your fat cells to engage in normal, relatively expensive metabolic processes,” he says. “In other words, when leptin levels are at a certain threshold — for each person, it’s probably genetically set — when your leptin level is above that threshold, your brain senses that you have energy sufficiency, which means you can burn energy at a normal rate, eat food at a normal amount, engage in exercise at a normal rate, and you can engage in expensive processes, like puberty and pregnancy”. 

But when people diet, they eat less and their fat cells lose some fat, which then decreases the amount of leptin produced. 

“Let’s say you starve, let’s say you have decreased energy intake, let’s say you lose weight,” Lustig says. “Now your leptin level goes below your personal leptin threshold. When it does that, your brain senses starvation. That can occur at any leptin level, depending on what your leptin threshold is.”

 “Your brain senses that and says, ‘Hey, I don’t have the energy onboard that I used to. I am now in a starvation state,’” Lustig says.

Then several processes begin within the body to drive leptin levels back up. One includes stimulation of the vagus nerve, which runs between the brain and the abdomen. 

“The vagus nerve is your energy storage nerve,” Lustig says. “Now the vagus nerve is turned on, so you get hungrier. Every single thing the vagus nerve does…[is] designed to make you take up extra energy and store it in your fat. Why? To generate more leptin so that your leptin can re-establish its personal leptin threshold… It causes you to eat and it causes you to get your leptin back to where it belongs.”

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Visit the Venus Factor Website for More Information.

 

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